Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones -- the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist -- is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
You know what the best part of Raiders Of The Lost Ark is? It's the bit where he gets in Jock's plane and craps himself at discovering that a snake is sharing his place.
I'm not saying it's my favourite part. I don't have a favourite part, really, and I don't even concern myself with trying to think of one. But that one little scene, with a little help from Indy's dalliance with some darts fired from the walls, the giant rock, the pit, and the door that nearly loses him his hat, establishes straight away that this isn't going to be your usual action adventure.
This hero's a little bit different. He's not infallible. In fact, he might not…
This film entails the essence of everything I love about going to the movies.
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" takes place in a world forged by films that came before it. The action of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan's story rolls through a time and place populated by elements of dusty serial adventures, grand Biblical epics, heroic World War II pictures, and classic prestige films. It is a stylized world: an amalgam created from the imaginations of people who love film.
The product of those imaginations is a cinematic masterpiece. Under the expert direction of Steven Spielberg, the film is remarkable in all categories. It is aesthetically pleasing, showcasing locales from the mossy jungles of South America, to the dusty bazaars of North Africa. It is a technical marvel, boasting propulsive editing,…
**Technically Part of the Best Picture Project**
Despite my insistence that I should go in order for the Project, I thought it would be wrong of me to not see a film like Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen. It's one of those films that just begs it. At the rate I'm going on the project, it probably doesn't even matter, but either way, here's what I suppose will be my Best Picture review.
First off, I would like to say that this film is gorgeously shot. There's something the cinema does to bring the beauty in movies out, and despite seeing Raiders a billion times on TV, there really isn't anything like seeing it in theaters.…
This was only my second time watching this film in my 20 years on Earth and I love it!!
My memory of this movie was better than what the movie itself was, I wasn't very entertained by it, I kept getting distracted. Some of it might be just the mood I was in, but also the movie itself really pushed on the suspension of disbelief, which I guess is fine, I don't know it was just ... I just didn't really enjoy it that much.
Don't hold me to this, but I think this is my favorite Spielberg movie.
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas's adventurous thrill ride homage to the adventure serials, that gave birth to a household name. Well, I felt it was past time for me to introduce Tetramoose to the Indiana Jones trilogy (I wish it was a trilogy at least), starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first and my personal favorite of the series as a child, but this may be subject to change as I rewatch the others very soon. This film takes every aspect of simple cinematic entertainment and executes it well... "well" is the best way to put it. This film is no masterpiece and it didn't change the way cinema was made, it simply successfully utilizes the formula for…
I'm sorry to say, but this one's simply boring...
Every time I watch this film the implausible moments become more implausible. However, the great moments become ever greater.
Everything about Steven Spielberg's 1981 adventure film, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," is iconic. From the unforgettable lines that are so easy to quote, to the brilliant characters saying them and the pitch-perfect actors playing them, to the countless scenes full of adventure and danger, to John Williams' score, to Jones' hat and whip. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — on this week's episode of "Movies We Like" as we start our Indiana Jones series and talk about the influence this film had on our childhoods and how it still plays an important role in our moviegoing sensibilities.
We talk about the origins of the story with George Lucas and Philip Kaufman, how it transitioned to Lawrence…
I hadn't seen this movie since I first saw it at the drive-in when I was 6 but I recently re-watched it and really enjoyed the hell out of it. I forgot just how cute Harrison Ford was as a scruffy, young-ish man.
Perhaps the best of the three initial films, although its flaws are standing out like a bunch of sore thumbs.